As Spotify launches ‘RISE’ competitor, Apple files trademark for ‘Apple Music Up Next’

Spotify this week announced a new “RISE” program that’s eerily similar to Apple Music’s “Up Next” series. Both aim to highlight up and coming artists that represent the future of music, and Apple has showcased many of its artists prominently on Apple Music and on TV.

Which some coincidence in timing, Apple this week filed for a trademark for Apple Music Up Next…

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Comment: How the iPhone 8 & iPhone X pave the way for a fully enclosed, single piece of glass design

I’ve been using the iPhone 8 Plus for about a month now, and while it’s largely a holdover until the more exciting iPhone X next month, the iPhone 8 is a great phone in and of itself. The improvements are subtle yet contribute nicely to a notable improvement over its predecessors.

More than anything, however, the iPhone 8 – as well as the iPhone X –  represent the beginning of what is likely the future of iPhone design: a single, port-free, fully enclosed slab of glass…

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Apple enabling emergency AT&T LTE in Puerto Rico using Google’s Project Loon balloons

Apple is working with AT&T and Google parent-company Alphabet to enable emergency LTE in Puerto Rico after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria last month. TechCrunch reports that Apple is issuing a carrier update this week using the service enable LTE Band 8 support. As 9to5Google reported earlier today, this emergency LTE is enabled by Alphabet’s X division using Project Loon.

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